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Message 1233081 - Posted: 18 May 2012, 22:30:41 UTC



Hello Everyone:

Another new thread for a new set of projects for SETI at Home.

The Basics

How To Donate
Please visit http://www.gpuug.org/catalog. From there, you will be able to donate to our current projects using Paypal, check or money order.

What We Do With Your Money
As we are a 100% volunteer funded and supported organization, we are able to allocated 100% of all donated funds (minus Paypal fees) toward projects which directly benefit SETI at Home.

Thanks to our corporate sponsor NKOL http://www.nkol.net/, we are able to build items such as servers at a steep discount allowing us to stretch our donor's dollars.

Direct SETI Donations
We now offer the ability to donate directly to SETI at Home via the Paypal service. If you would like to donate directly to SETI at Home please visit http://www.gpuug.org/donatecash.

Hardware Donations
You can also donate hardware directly to the project. Please visit http://www.gpuug.org/donatehardware and browse our list of currently needed hardware.

Our Past Projects
Since our inception, through the generosity of our donors we have donated:
1) QTY 1, 4 Drive SATA Dock which has slots to utilize 3TB SATA drives for Astropulse data transportation.
2. QTY 6 3TB Hard Drives for Astropulse data transportation.
3. QTY 4, 2TB SATA Hard Drives (Donated by member Deltoid) for data transportation.
4. QTY 45, 2TB Seagate Hard Drives for:
5. QTY 1, SuperMicro JBOD Array which will house the science database along with other future throughput improvements for SETI at Home. To read more on this please visit: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=66635
6. $4450USD in cash via donors that utilized our direct to SETI Paypal feature.
7. QTY 1: PaddyM Server (Upload/Download Server)
8. QTY 1: GeorgeM Server (Astropulse/NTPCKR Server)
9. QTY 1: Battery Backup for GeorgeM's 3ware 9750-4i4e
10. QTY 5: JBOD Backup Hard Drives
11. QTY 2: SETI at Home Desktop Workstation
12. 3 Logitech Mice and Keyboards
13. QTY 4 24" Asus Monitors
14. Raid card with battery backup for PaddyM
15. QTY 10 Hotswap/Transport hard drive for the JBOD
16. Mini SAS Controller
17. KVM for Eric Korpela
18. Keyboard for Matt Lebofsky

Useful Links
How to Donate: http://www.gpuug.org/catalog
Past Purchases for SETI with Tracking Info: http://www.gpuug.org/purchases
Payments Paid to SETI at Home for Direct SETI Donations http://www.gpuug.org/donationreports/payments
About Paypal Donations: http://www.gpuug.org/content/about-paypal-donations
About Direct SETI Donations: http://www.gpuug.org/content/direct-donations-setihome
Tax Exempt Status: http://www.gpuug.org/content/tax-exemption-status-information
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About Us: http://www.gpuug.org/content/about-gpu-users-group-inc
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Current Projects as of the time of this post:

1. QTY 2 Hard Drive Transport Cases

2. 20 Transport Hard Drives + Carry Case
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Message 1233084 - Posted: 18 May 2012, 22:32:07 UTC - in response to Message 1233081.

Current Projects

Project One will purchase QTY 2 Turtle Cases for Hard Drive Transport:
SETI at home currently uses only cardboard/foam boxes to transport drives between the observation telescopes and SETI at Home. In light of this we would like to purchase them 2 Turtle cases. These cases are airtight, waterproof and ATA certified. Anti-static foam lid, base and insert with 20 slots to hold 20 of the 3.5" hard drives in one case. We're initially purchasing only two of these cases as a trial run. Pending good word from SETI we'll go ahead and purchase several more cases to ensure the longevity of our transport hard drives. To donate to this fundraiser please visit www.gpuug.org/catalog

Project Two is a low priority fundraiser intended to provide SETI at Home with QTY 20, 2tb 7200RPM 64MB transport drives. This fundraiser will also provide one of the above Turtle cases to transport these drives to the Greenbank Telescope and back to the Lab. To donate to this fundraiser please visit www.gpuug.org/catalog

Here are the items we'll be purchasing:

Transport cases http://www.turtlecase.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productid=603&directoryid=-1&ctrl=productdetails

Hard Drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

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Message 1233131 - Posted: 18 May 2012, 23:34:02 UTC - in response to Message 1233084.

Claggy and MarkJ have us off to a good start on both fundraisers. If you can please donate by visiting http://www.gpuug.org/catalog

A note on future projects:

1. We're waiting on specs for a new upgraded switch for the server closet which should help significantly with dropped connections.

2. We are also working on a very large project (1 server, 1 JBOD and 8 nodes) that will likely take us another week or two due to the outage to finalize. Once it's ready this project will be all hands on deck due to the large cost/complexity of this project.

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Message 1233297 - Posted: 19 May 2012, 6:32:59 UTC - in response to Message 1233084.

Do you know if the Project one cases can also be used
for beer coolers?

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Message 1233317 - Posted: 19 May 2012, 8:01:22 UTC - in response to Message 1233300.

Do you know if the Project one cases can also be used
for beer coolers?

Do they have the minimum requirement of 2" of padding for the contents?
Or the limit of 1 degree internal drop in temperature per 5 degrees of ambient per hour up to a limit of 1000 degrees total?




Not sure about the thermals however these cases are essentially Pelican cases. They'll do the job, on budget I'm hoping. They're also about $350 less per case compared to Pelican cases and are significantly lighter which should save the project money on shipping.

The real test will come after they're funded and later tested by the SETI crew. Once tested we'll end up getting them 10 total if they're approved.
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Message 1233401 - Posted: 19 May 2012, 12:54:08 UTC - in response to Message 1233317.

The real test will come after they're funded and later tested by the SETI crew. Once tested we'll end up getting them 10 total if they're approved.


Just what kind of testing is required?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-e96m4730

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Message 1233632 - Posted: 19 May 2012, 21:48:03 UTC - in response to Message 1233401.

The real test will come after they're funded and later tested by the SETI crew. Once tested we'll end up getting them 10 total if they're approved.


Just what kind of testing is required?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-e96m4730


Basic stuff really. Durability, weight (i.e. cost to ship) and if they actually work as advertised.

We're only $255 away from finishing up this fundraiser, please donate if you can by visiting http://www.gpuug.org/content/setihome-hdd-transport-cases
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Message 1233835 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 4:16:20 UTC

unless we could convince the Marine World/Africa USA to do some primate/rhino testing on the cases with a disk containing test data inside? should be able to simulate baggage handling fairly well..

If not have the dolphins take it for a few tricks..
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Message 1233836 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 4:21:41 UTC - in response to Message 1233835.

unless we could convince the Marine World/Africa USA to do some primate/rhino testing on the cases with a disk containing test data inside? should be able to simulate baggage handling fairly well..

If not have the dolphins take it for a few tricks..


I like both of these ideas. Brings back memories of an American Tourister luggage commercial. We need video and... wait, I'm getting this whole sponsorship idea.

I'll bring the video camera.

Who has some dolphins in a tank at home?

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Message 1233844 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 4:31:54 UTC - in response to Message 1233836.

I dont have dolphins in a tank per se...

but I do have them on a screen :)
I have an app on my phone (android) called Playing With Dolphins.
It is real water, and real footage of dolphins.
tap tap tap the screen and they come and play with you.

Really cool, and if you don't have access to real dolphins, this is a great substitute ^^

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Message 1233853 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 4:48:21 UTC - in response to Message 1233836.

unless we could convince the Marine World/Africa USA to do some primate/rhino testing on the cases with a disk containing test data inside? should be able to simulate baggage handling fairly well..

If not have the dolphins take it for a few tricks..


I like both of these ideas. Brings back memories of an American Tourister luggage commercial. We need video and... wait, I'm getting this whole sponsorship idea.

I'll bring the video camera.

Who has some dolphins in a tank at home?


umm... Marine World?
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Message 1233861 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 5:06:17 UTC - in response to Message 1233853.

unless we could convince the Marine World/Africa USA to do some primate/rhino testing on the cases with a disk containing test data inside? should be able to simulate baggage handling fairly well..

If not have the dolphins take it for a few tricks..


I like both of these ideas. Brings back memories of an American Tourister luggage commercial. We need video and... wait, I'm getting this whole sponsorship idea.

I'll bring the video camera.

Who has some dolphins in a tank at home?


umm... Marine World?


I doubt Marine World would let me throw a Turtle case in with their dolphins. Somebody would call the cops.

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Message 1233865 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 5:13:28 UTC - in response to Message 1233861.

uh.. set up an appointment? Scientists at Berkeley might be able to talk 'em into a test?
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Message 1233869 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 5:20:45 UTC

Okay, okay... stop nagging me Slavac.

$235 for the Tutle cases left to go.

I thought you wanted Turtle cases, but my receipt said it went to Tutle cases.

I wish you people would just for once make up your minds about what it is you want. It's so confusing.

Yes, it's late and I'm getting more stupid.

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Message 1233877 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 5:30:12 UTC - in response to Message 1233869.

Okay, okay... stop nagging me Slavac.

$235 for the Tutle cases left to go.

I thought you wanted Turtle cases, but my receipt said it went to Tutle cases.

I wish you people would just for once make up your minds about what it is you want. It's so confusing.

Yes, it's late and I'm getting more stupid.


Heh I'll take a crack and fixing that. Thanks for the donation!

Anyone want to finish off this fundraiser?
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Message 1233984 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 11:15:41 UTC
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Okay finished off the single tutle/turtle case, which is what I was trying to get last time. Anyway over to the rest of you guys to sort out the 20 cases and drives.
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Message 1233986 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 11:19:12 UTC - in response to Message 1233877.
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Thanks to MarkJ, TBret, Fred E and Area 51, we're finished up on the transport case fundraiser. Thank you very much everyone!

We're ordered already but the cases are on backorder with a ship date of 5-7 business days. I'll keep everyone here updated when they ship and arrive at SETI at Home and will be updating http://www.gpuug.org/purchases per usual.

We still have one fundraiser open which will provide 20 Greenbank transport drives along with a Turtle case. If you're willing and able please donate by visiting, http://gpuug.org/content/setihome-green-bank-data-transport-package.

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Message 1234157 - Posted: 20 May 2012, 19:28:51 UTC - in response to Message 1233844.

*facepalms because I made a mistake.
Playing with Dolphins is on my iPod Touch.
Sorry to interrupt.

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Message 1234372 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 3:40:32 UTC - in response to Message 1233844.

I dont have dolphins in a tank per se...

but I do have them on a screen :)
I have an app on my phone (android) called Playing With Dolphins.
It is real water, and real footage of dolphins.
tap tap tap the screen and they come and play with you.

Really cool, and if you don't have access to real dolphins, this is a great substitute ^^


Now all we need to do is port the iPad cat game to the dolphin game and we can have cats playing with dolphins. Something which might be a first in the history of the world.

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